2018 Shakespeare Festival Cast
Zachary Burrell (Prince Hal – Henry IV) was last seen on the Kentucky Shakespeare stage as Valentine (Two Gentlemen of Verona), Clown (Winter’s Tale) and Paris (Romeo and Juliet) in the 2016 season. He has also worked frequently around Louisville with Theatre , StageOne Family Theatre, Pandora Productions, and Derby Dinner Playhouse. He is a graduate of Adams State University in Colorado.
Shaleen Cholera (Antipholus of Ephesus – Comedy of Errors, Peto/Soldier – Henry IV, Montano – Othello) is thrilled to be back with Kentucky Shakespeare this summer, after the spring tour of A Midsummer Night’s Dream! Before that, Shaleen was onstage in Memphis, TN, with Tennessee Shakespeare Company in their production of The Two Gentleman of Verona. Last summer with Kentucky Shakespeare, he was in Much Ado About Nothing, Julius Caesar, and Richard II. Favorite past credits include Othello (Othello), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lysander/Flute), Disgraced (Hussein), and Macbeth (Macbeth). M.F.A.: University of Louisville, 2017.
J. Barrett Cooper
J. Barrett Cooper (Angelo – Comedy of Errors, Falstaff – Henry IV, Brabantio – Othello) appeared last season as Leonato in Much Ado, York in Richard II and Decius Brutus in Julius Caesar. He was seen on the Ramey stage as King Lear for Savage Rose, which he founded, and as fight director for KSF (Richard III, Macbeth, Hamlet, R&J, Twelfth Night, Henry V). Favorite Roles for Savage Rose: Macbeth, Benedick, Lear, Jean in Miss Julie, Soranzo in ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, Lady Bracknell, Krapp in Krapp’s Last Tape.
He appeared at Actors Theatre in Dracula for three seasons as Van Helsing as Bill McNulty’s stand by. Regional Theatre: Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Arkansas Rep, Pioneer Playhouse (Utah), Dallas Shakespeare, Wayside Theatre, Theatre 1010, Manhattan Stage. Last winter for StageOne Family Theatre/Kentucky Shakespeare Barrrett appeared as Polonius in Hamlet. He played Mark Rothko in the critically acclaimed Bunbury Theatre production of RED directed by Steve Woodring.
Ernaisja Curry (Luciana – The Comedy of Errors, Lady Percy/Soldier – Henry IV, Bianca – Othello) is very excited and blessed to be making her debut at Kentucky Shakespeare this summer! The Florida native has happily made Cincinnati her home after completing the Bruce E. Coyle Acting Internship with Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.
Her favorite recent roles include Neverwhere (Door) and Marian, or the True Tale of Robin Hood (Shirley/Tommy) at Know Theatre, This Random World (Rhonda) at Ensemble Theatre and A Prayer for Owen Meany (Mary Beth) at Cincinnati Playhouse, as well as Othello (Emilia) at the Paul Robeson Theatre in New York. She is eternally grateful to her family, friends, and mentors for their continuous love, faith, and support.
Will DeVary (Prince John of Lancaster – Henry IV) is enormously grateful to be back onstage with Kentucky Shakespeare, where he most recently appeared in Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead and Macbeth. Regional Theatre: A Christmas Story and A Christmas Carol (Actors Theatre). Other Theatre: 42nd Street, Nice Work If You Can Get It, and Disney’s Newsies (Floyd Central Theatre Arts), Richard III, Henry VI Part III, Failure: A Love Story, Three Sisters, and The Country of the Blind (Commonwealth Theatre Center). Film/Television: Men Go To Battle. Additional Credits: Will directed Floyd Central’s productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Long Christmas Dinner.
Hallie Dizdarevic (Courtesan – Comedy of Errors, Doll Tearsheet/Soldier – Henry IV, Desdemona – Othello) is thrilled to make her summer stage debut at Kentucky Shakespeare! She is a Louisville native and proud alumna of the Walden Theatre Conservatory. She earned her B.F.A. from The University of Arts in Philadelphia. Favorite credits with the Commonwealth Theatre Center Professional Company in Residence include: Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible, Daisy in Rhinoceros, Lina in Misalliance, and Yelena in Uncle Vanya.
With Savage Rose Classical Theatre Company: Olivia in Twelfth Night, Hero in Much Ado About Nothing and Mephistophilis in The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus. Other credits include the title roles in Henry V at Josephine Sculpture Park Summer Stage and Eurydice at the Alley Theatre. When not on stage, Hallie is found teaching and directing at The Commonwealth Theatre Center.
Dathan Hooper’s (Jailer/2nd Merchant – Comedy of Errors, Blunt – Henry IV, Othello – Othello) previous Kentucky Shakespeare credits include Titus Andronicus, The Winter’s Tale, Much Ado About Nothing, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Hamlet, The Tempest, Pericles and Gammer Gurton’s Needle. His other regional credits are with Actors Theatre of Louisville, StageOne Family Theatre, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, The Mule Barn Theatre, The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles and The Odyssey Theatre Ensemble of Los Angeles. Dathan has numerous television and film credits and is proud of his long relationship with Louisville’s arts community.
Jon Huffman (Pinch – Comedy of Errors, Northumberland/Sheriff – Henry IV, Iago – Othello) has appeared on the local stages of Actors Theatre of Louisville, StageOne Family Theatre, Derby Dinner Playhouse, Bunbury Theatre, 14 seasons at Kentucky Shakespeare since 1981 (including the title role in Titus Andronicus for two years), and many more. Across the country, he’s played hundreds of roles, ranging from Harold Hill in The Music Man to Prospero in The Tempest, and from Oedipus in Oedipus Rex to Zach in A Chorus Line.
His television work includes regular roles on Designing Women, Days Of Our Lives, and General Hospital. In dozens of films, Jon has shared the screen with the likes of Laurence Fishburne (Fled), Jeremy Irons (Lolita), James Earl Jones (Timepiece), and Donald Sutherland (The Hunley) and has been directed by Oscar winners Jodie Foster (Little Man Tate) and Frank Darabont (Shawshank Redemption). Along with his much better half, Barbara Cullen, Jon is Co-Artistic Director of Fleur de Lis Theatricals.
Tom Luce (King Henry – Henry IV) has been involved in the Louisville theatre scene as an actor, director and designer for the past 29 years. His Kentucky Shakespeare credits include Julius Caesar (Caesar), Richard II (Henry Bolingbroke), Titus Andronicus (Marcus Andronicus), Macbeth (Duncan), and The Taming of the Shrew (Vincentio). He has worked locally with Actors Theatre, The Necessary Theatre, Horse Cave Theatre, Theatre , and Savage Rose Classical Theater Company.
He has also had a busy career in film and television, performing in dozens of commercials (including a national spot for AT&T directed by Michael Bay), the network television shows Nashville and Chicago Fire, and several film projects with local producers Kelly’s Filmworks and City on a Hill.
Recently he appeared in the critically acclaimed film My Friend Dahmer as Vice President Walter Mondale and in the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries feature An Uncommon Grace. Tom currently works as the technical director at Presentation Academy where his loving partner, Charlie Douglas, is the drama director.
Gregory Maupin (Duke/Balthasar – Comedy of Errors, Owen Glendower/Traveler/Soldier – Henry IV, Roderigo – Othello) is thrilled to join Kentucky Shakespeare for his 20-22 time on stage and his fourth season as text coach/dramaturg. He and his wife Abigail are ukulele duo Rannygazoo, co-wrote The Glorious Adventures of the Mighty Robin Hood, and in 2004 co-founded Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble. He is a charter member of Brooklyn’s Under the Table Ensemble.
Kentucky Shakespeare appearances include: Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (Guildenstern), Much Ado (Benedick), Taming of the Shrew (Petruchio), Midsummer (Bottom), Two Gentlemen (Launce), Hamlet (Polonius), Macbeth (Porter), Henry V (Fluellen), Dark Lady of the Sonnets (Shakespeare). With Actors Theatre: Luna Gale (Cliff), At the Vanishing Point (Martin), Our Town (Simon Stimson), Midsummer (Flute), Macbeth, 43 Plays for 43 Presidents. With the Dell’Arte Company: Vaudeville (co-creator). Gregory graduated from Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre.
Abigail Bailey Maupin
Abigail Bailey Maupin (Ariana – Comedy of Errors, Lady Mortimer/Vernon – Henry IV, Duke/Soldier – Othello) is delighted to return to Kentucky Shakespeare; recent audiences may recognize her from Much Ado About Nothing (Beatrice), Two Gentlemen of Verona (Speed), Twelfth Night (Olivia), Taming of the Shrew (Kate), Macbeth (Lady Macbeth), or Hamlet (Gertrude). She and her husband Greg co-founded Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble, with whom she created/performed in over twenty plays, including the title role in Molière’s Don Juan.
Abilgail has also appeared locally with Actors Theatre, Theatre , Derby Dinner Playhouse, StageOne Family Theater, Music Theatre Louisville and Savage Rose Classical Theatre Company. Regional: Sweeney Todd (Goodspeed Opera House), Babes & Dudes, Die Like a Lady (NY International Fringe Festival), Iolanthe (Village Light Opera Group, NYC), Gift of the Magi (Vermont Stage Company) and Hansel and Gretel (Theatreworks/USA).
Tony Milder (Dromio of Ephesus – Comedy of Errors, Westmorland/Mortimer – Henry IV, Gratiano/Soldier – Othello) most recently performed with Kentucky Shakespeare in Titus Andronicus, and has previously appeared in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Winter’s Tale, Henry V, Hamlet, Twelfth Night and Macbeth, among others. Locally, he has also appeared with Derby Dinner Playhouse in The Addams Family, The Music Man and A Christmas Carol, and collaborated with the Louisville Ballet on William’s Folly and Sonnets in Blue. Other regional credits include The Guthrie Theatre, The Theatre at Monmouth, The National Theatre for Children, ColliDe Theatrical Dance Co. and Cardinal Theatricals.
Jon Patrick O'Brien
Jon Patrick O’Brien (Officer/1st Merchant – Comedy of Errors, Hotspur – Henry IV, Cassio – Othello) was most recently seen as Guildenstern in Hamlet with StageOne Family Theatre/Kentucky Shakespeare and as John Proctor in The Crucible with Commonwealth Theatre Center. With Kentucky Shakespeare: Borachio in Much Ado About Nothing, Hotspur in Richard II, Mark Antony in Julius Caesar, Proteus in The Two Gentlemen of Verona, the Prince in Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet in Hamlet and Rosencrantz & Guildenstern, Macbeth in Macbeth, and many others.
Locally, Jon has also worked with Theatre  in The Language Archive, Red Speedo and Failure: a Love Story and StageOne Family Theatre in The BFG and And Then They Came for Me.
After graduating from Juilliard, Jon returned to his hometown of Louisville, happy to work with local theatre and finally set up a workshop for his woodcarving. Recently, he appeared on Chicago PD and played the recurring character Motlow on the AMC hit show Turn: Washingtons Spies. You can follow Jon and his woodcarving journey on Instagram @bearbranchhandcrafted.
Jennifer Pennington (Abbess/Luce – Comedy of Errors, Mistress Quickly/Traveler/Soldier – Henry IV, Emilia – Othello) is thrilled to work with Kentucky Shakespeare again. She was last seen in Titus Andronicus, reprising her role as Tamora. Last summer she was Margaret/Sexon in Much Ado About Nothing, Duchess of York in Richard II, and Portia in Julius Caesar. Other local credits include: The Trojan Women (Commonwealth Theatre Center); Qualities of Starlight and Rich Girl (Theatre ); King Lear and Twelfth Night (Savage Rose Classical Theatre) and 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche (Pandora Productions).
Regional credits include: The Hoboken Chicken Emergency (SouthCoast Repertory Theatre, CA); Medea (Boston Court Theatre, CA); The Hostage (Theatre Banshee, CA); Much Ado About Nothing (Arizona Classical Theatre); ThreePenny Opera and Cabaret (Clarence Brown Theatre, TN); Romeo and Juliet, Winter’s Tale and MacBeth (Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival, PA) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Comedy of Errors and Our Town (Turner House Festival, MI). She is currently artistic associate for Commonwealth Theatre Center and a vocal coach with The Speaker’s Studio.
Monte Priddy (Egeon – Comedy of Errors) This is Monte’s 37th summer doing Shakespeare in the Park. Since 1961 he has played more than 90 roles in 28 of Shakespeare’s plays with Kentucky Shakespeare, Alabama Shakespeare, and Savage Rose Classical Theatre Company. In addition to Kentucky Shakespeare, and its precursor the Carriage House Players, he has worked locally with Actors Inc. (the precursor to ATL), Louisville Children’s Theater, U of L Repertory Co, Blue Apple Players, Derby Dinner Playhouse, Kentucky Cooperative Theater, Pegasus Rising, Bunbury, and Savage Rose.
Outside Louisville, he toured the southeastern USA with Alabama Shakespeare, appeared in several series for KET, did children’s theater in Nashville and dinner theater in West Virginia.
Favorite Shakespearean roles include Iago in Othello, Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing, Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Porter in Macbeth, the Old Shepherd in The Winter’s Tale, and John of Gaunt in Richard II. He recently received the Arts-Louisville/Broadway World 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award.
Neill Robertson (Dromio of Syracuse – Comedy of Errors, Bardolph – Henry IV, Lodovico – Othello) is so happy to be back in Central Park with Kentucky Shakespeare. Previous shows with the company include Richard II (King Richard), Much Ado about Nothing (Watch/Friar Francis), Julius Caesar (Soothsayer/Pleb/Dardanius), Titus Andronicus in Butchertown (Saturninus), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Player Villain), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Outlaw), The Winter’s Tale (Autolycus), Romeo and Juliet (Tybalt), The Tempest (Francisco), The Taming of the Shrew (Tranio), and Macbeth (Witch/Young Siward).
Neill also played Horatio/Player Queen in Kentucky Shakespeare’s collaboration with StageOne Family Theatre on Hamlet. Other credits include Dracula at Actors Theatre of Louisville (Renfield), The Language Archive with Theatre  (Resten), Misalliance with the Professional Company at Commonwealth Theatre Center (Bunny), and the title role in Hedwig and the Angry Inch with Pandora Productions. This, as always, is for AJ.
Kyle Ware (Earl of Worcester – Henry IV) is an actor, artist, writer and educator, proudly serving as Kentucky Shakespeare’s director of education. Kyle has appeared onstage with the company in Much Ado About Nothing, Titus Andronicus, The Winter’s Tale, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Henry V and Hamlet. Kyle has directed The Globe Players productions of The Merchant of Venice, The Comedy of Errors and As You Like It for the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival in Central Park.
He is Co-Artistic Director of Think Tank Theatre, a collaborative theatre ensemble, and was a Producing Founding Artistic Director of Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble, co-creating and performing in nearly 20 new works. He is a featured writer at Insider Louisville, where he originated the weekly “In Other News…” column.
Crystian Wiltshire (Antipholus of Syracuse – Comedy of Errors, Poins/Douglas – Henry IV, Officer/Sailor/1st Messenger – Othello) is delighted to return to the Central Park stage, having most recently appeared as Hamlet in Kentucky Shakespeare’s co-production with StageOne Family Theatre. In Central Park, Crystian has been in Much Ado About Nothing (Claudio), Romeo and Juliet (Romeo), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Eglamour), Richard II, Julius Caesar, The Winter’s Tale, and Twelfth Night. With Cincinnati Shakespeare Company: The Tempest (Ferdinand), A Raisin in the Sun (George), and Much Ado About Nothing (Borachio). Know Theatre, Cincinnati: Kill Move Paradise. Other Louisville credits: And In This Corner… Cassius Clay and Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse with StageOne Family Theatre; Othello, The Piano Lesson, and Gem of The Ocean with the University of Louisville.